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Let Me In (2010)


Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story The Swedish film “Let the Right One In” from the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lingquist
Director Matt Reeves
Writers/Script Matt Reeves (and th screnplay as above by John Ajvide Lingquist)
Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, Dylan Minnette

Elevator Pitch: In New Mexico a twelve year old boy, Owen, is neglected by his recently divorced mother, bullied at school and addicted to spying on his neighbours with a telescope. He wanders about at night and meets a girl, Abby, in the couryard of his building who befriends him and advised him to stand up for himself. Meanwhile her father (if that’s what he is) attacks another neighbour and drains the blood from his body into a plastic container, but spills it. When he attempts a further attack it all goes wrong precipitating a crisis for Abby.

Content: No sex or nudity, or smoking or drinking but some quite graphic violence. There is an opening scene where a policeman attempts to interview someone injured who jumps out of a hospital window leaving a note “I’m sorry Abby”. Owen is bullied at school and is miserable. At home he wanders about in the dark and becomes friendly with Abby, but as time passes it becomes evident that she is something other than a twelve year old girl.

A View: Most of the critics liked it and it achieved 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, although there were some such as Mark Kermode who felt is was an unrequired remake, or just too derivative of the original. I had not seen the original and so it was fine for me. So although in the vampire genre not quite the usual sort, but worth a watch if you like that sort of thing.

Additional Info: Abby has to walk about in the snow in bare feet. The actres had her feet warmed between takes.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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